Telling Ain't Training

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American Society for Training and Development, 2002 - Business & Economics - 193 pages
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"This book is an entertaining and practical tour-de-force for every trainer and performance improvement professional. It tackles the three universal and persistent questions about the profession: how do learners learn, why do learners learn, and how do you make sure that learning sticks. The authors of this interactive and provocative volume provide solid answers to these questions backed by more than 70 years of combined real-world experience and academic study. Telling Ain't Training deliberately avoids the one-way communication of "telling" trainers how to be more effective. Instead, it uses an interactive approach that models the basic message of the book--that is, humans learn best through active mental engagement. The authors expect the readers to "do" something, not just read! Despite its fun and breezy tone, every concept in the book is solidly backed up by research. The ultimate goal of this book is to allow the reader an opportunity to break through learning barriers, separate learning myth from research-based facts, and dispel counterproductive beliefs and practices that harm the instructional process."--Publisher's website.
 

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This book is a wonderful book to have on the book shelf of every trainer and facilitator. The authors have written the book in a lucid style that makes the reading fun and interactive. The concepts covered are universal and have high applicability for an active trainer. Very strongly recommended.
Rajneesh Mathur
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Contents

The Training Session Scripting Sheet
78
Using the FiveStep Model to Retrofit Existing Training Sessions
84
Final Review of the FiveStep Model
85
Getting Learners to Remember
87
The Executive Learning Controls
88
How to Build Learning Faster Better Cheaper
91
Remember This
105
Applying What You Have LearnedMaking Learning Research Work
107

The Human Learner
17
Senses Filters and Memory
19
Time and Capacity
23
What Does This Mean for the Learner and the Trainer?
24
Remember This
25
What You Must Know to Be a Better Trainer
27
Getting Learners to Learn
29
Declarative and Procedural
32
Key Ingredients for Learning
35
Adapting for Differences in Ability Prior Knowledge and Motivation
39
Remember This
41
Adult Learning Principles
43
Four Key Adult Learning Principles
46
The Bottom Line on Adult Learning Principles
60
A FiveStep Model for Creating Terrific Training Sessions
61
Six Universal Principles from Research on Learning
62
A Universal Model for Structuring Any Learning Session
68
The Training Session Planning Sheet
73
Training Approaches and a Cornucopia of Learning Activities
109
Pulling the Four Types of Training Together
112
25 Training Activities You Can Use
115
Summarizing the Activities
134
Remember This
136
Testing or Examining Whats the Difference?
139
What Was That All About?
141
Testing Versus Exams
143
How Do I Go About Creating Tests?
146
Remember This
155
Hit or Myth Whats the Truth?
159
The Bottom Line on Learning
167
Concluding Reflections on Telling Aint Training
171
Something to Think AboutReflections from Carl Jung
173
For Further Reading
177
About the Authors
191
About the ISPI
193
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Stolovitch is the professor of instructional systems technology at the Universite de Montreal in Canada and the president of Harold D. Stolovitch & Associates.

Harold D. Stolovitch and Erica J. Keeps share a common passiondeveloping people. Together they have devoted a combined total of over 70 years to make workplace learning and performance both enjoyable and effective. Their research and consulting activities have involved them in numerous projects with major corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, General Motors, Bell Canada, Telecom Asia, Canadian Pacific Railway, Alcan, Prudential, Century 21, and many others. Stolovitch and Keeps are the principals of HSA Learning & Performance Solutions LLC, specialists in the application of instructional technology and human performance technology to business, industry, government and the military. Together, they are coeditors of both editions of the award-winning "Handbook of Human Performance Technology: A Comprehensive Guide for Analyzing and Solving Performance Problems in Organizations "and "Improving Individual and Organizational Performance Worldwide "published by Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer and the best-selling, award-winner "Telling Ani't Training," The authors reside in Los Angeles and can be reached at www.hsa-lps.com.

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